Invited to Transformational Leadership and Terra Parzival Executive Quest!

Cordially invited to join me and my expert colleagues at Transformational Leadership and Terra Parzival Executive Quest which will take place on July 2 – 5 2014 in the most beautiful places in Slovenia.

Who should attend?
This unique journey is geared towards those concerned with the emerging future in front of us. It is for everyone who is seeking to have their creative mindsets challenged and expanded. In particular, the module is tailored for experienced professionals and executives who have core responsibilities for strategy, vision, creativity and innovation in their organizations.

Interested companies or individuals please contact Ms. Elena Begant,  or on GSM +386 31577971

For the detailed programme and info how to apply please follow

Transformational Leadership and Executive Quest 2014

more info also on IEDC Bled – School of Management .

For the whole Terra Parzival programme please follow Terra_Parzival_IDRIART_Programme_2014_web_ok

Yours, Miha


Eine Geige für Europa

INFO 3: Neue Terra Parzival Projektinformationen in Deutsch

Mit den IDRIART-Kulturfestivals öffnete der Violinist Miha Pogačnik einst menschliche Begegnungsräume von Chartres bis in die ferne Mongolei. Nun will er mit seinem neuen Projekt „Terra Parzival“ seinem Heimatland Slowenien zu nachhaltiger Entwicklung und Europa zu einer Identität verhelfen.

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Mit Parzivals Hilfe – brand eins 01/2014

“Häufiger aber stehen hinter Veränderungen Menschen, die schöpferisch sein, etwas Einzigartiges, Neues, Ursprüngliches schaffen wollen. Das alles waren einmal Bedeutungen des Begriffs Originalität – und es ist eine interessante Frage, warum originell heute meist nur noch im Sinne von komisch oder eigenartig verwendet wird…Aber mit der Verfeinerung des Alten kommen wir nicht mehr weiter, wir brauchen viel mehr von denen, die neu denken – und sich nicht darum scheren, ob sie deshalb dem einen oder anderen als Spinner erscheinen.

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Miha Pogacnik zum Beispiel, Geiger aus Slowenien und Kosmopolit, der angetreten ist, seiner Heimat eine Vision zu geben…” (Brand Eins – from Editorial by Gabriele Fischer, Chefredakteurin)

Den ganzen Artikel auf jetzt lesen.

A lot more about interesting ideas and works of Miha Pogacnik can be read also in Brand Eins issue 08/2003: Das Genie setzt die Norm

Über Brand Eins

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Biography Dilemma: Success?

This dilemma goes throug all my life: requests for CV!

Each time one CV is written or re-written I feel, this is not “me”. I am sure you feel the same. How do we capture that which really wants to be born into our stream of life, with which we want to indentify ? How do we acknowledge the humbling insight that despite our  personal busy and active life it is always unexpected gift from the periphery which corrects, directs, sometimes painfully destroys and also uplifts to a new  inspired and meaningful phase?   How do we expose our failures to be appreciated as essential on the learning journey towards a high and far distant ideal of becoming composer of one’s own “biography as masterpiece”? Reading CV’s floating around, so much success everywhere!!  Is it really so that everyone only wants to read about success? What about “success trap”? When 30 years ago we were “successful” creating Chartres festival, many advised me to continue that way, inviting “right” people to be invited back by them, beginning the old pattern of “trade” for great “carreer”! NO!- was my decision, sensing success-trap and instead starting something new and never done before : to encourage the audiences to travel with me and my colleague artists to the crisis areas of the world and….IDRIART movement was born!  And with castle Borl 21 years ago: many strongly advised: let go with this pile of old rocks! And we persisted instead. And now Borl, Terra Parzival Grail story memory bearing, is emerging as a beacon on the path towards the polyphonic European identity. Since the departure in Chartres the “shepperds dilemma” persisted: “how to tell the overwhelming experience?”- which does not fit in the traditional CV format? How to learn and accept that it is the signature of our multiple crisis ridden transition time when the emerging future educates us: Every time start anew! You can not rely on any past “success”! Learn to stand in and act out of the “zero point”!

Yet, if one has lived a life long enough, one can  turn back and  gratefully perceive the gift of mysterious order in biographic rhythms, never consiously persued.  Let me try with an example of this outgoing year 2013, for me and many of my friends  truly a transition year:

I can observe seven highlights, very personal transitions in 2013. The first one in January, is connected with 21 years rhythm:

*Six solosonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach  are the “Bible” for every violinist under the sun! All my life I have been learning to stand within this encompassing, living organism, this music – cosmos, learning to translate this archetypal musical formative forces to different domains of human persuit! Here originates my conviction that it is the formative principle of arts, capable to influence and chrystalise the re-composition of society if, for instance, raised to the method of  Macro Violin Resonance Platform!

In 1971 good fortune made possible for me to perform  these six masterpieces in Bielefeld, Germany, not knowing the proximity of  EXTERNSTONES in Teutoburg Forest, ancient  Germanic sacred initiation caves  dug in solid rock. There and then I felt for the first time that  becoming a violinist does not need to be determined by centuries old tradition! What was the call? Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival story was given to me  and  “onion peeling method”  was born: to keep peeling off what I don’t want when life presents different options, – all the way to the core! Chartres and IDRIART movement resulted.

And 21 years later, in 1992? Searching for new horizons, with Bach sonatas in 43 Europa’s cathedrals and sacred places, it was again at Externstones where the “call of Castle Borl-Ankenstein”, ancestral home of Parzival dynasty, reached me.

*And, certainly with no conscious intention, destiny led me again to play at Externstones this January 2013: Next 21 years? Yes! Terra Parzival, European region build upon foundation stone of Parzival’s QUESTION, generating empathy and solidarity!

So… this was the first of 2013 seven transitions. And the other six?

**At Easter time, in April, we celebrated in  Chartres cathedral  33 years of the first concert there in 1980, which genereted a huge response with the birth of Chartes Festival d’Ete and IDRIART. Will there be “octave” surge in 2014?

***In the beginning of June  treshold was crossed in my biography, to personal to tell, but reader, if you ask me, I will tell you directly.

****On July 10th  Co-Creation of Terra Parzival Macro Violin was inagurated with decisive support of fellow Slovenians!

*****On July 17th was the TP Questival culmination and transformational experience with symphony orchestra  sit-in process-performance in the TEMPLE, the Chrystal Hall of Rogaska Slatina, where healing waters of the hidden lake within “Mont-Zal-Wotch” come to the surface.

******End of September, on Michaelmas, performance in the King’s Chamber of the Cheops Pyramid in Gizeh, Egypt and

*******On December 7th celebrating 30 years of IDRIART with my dear friends and colleagues in castle Borl, together crossing the treshold of the new emerging cycle, saying YES! – to the challenging Terra Parzival vision!

Yours, Miha


Next Step: A Better European Future

Miha Pogačnik is a man of many talents and ideas. Miha currently occupies himself with the idea of the cultural and spiritual awakening of Europe, endeavouring to bring it back to its core or more precisely to the land of the mythical king Parsifal and all he represents.

slovenia-timesPogačnik has always been involved in various art projects. First he was a successful violinist, then in the 1980’s he established Idriart, a non-profit organisation based on the idea that art is the bearer of social change. Idriart took him around the world to intervene in political, social and cultural situations in crisis areas and through it he has produced over 180 festivals in collaboration with local hosts. “There was enormous success. Thousands of people came with us to Prague, Estonia, Georgia, Tibet, the Amazon, but then in the 1990s the world changed,” says Pogačnik. “I noticed that if I kept doing the same thing, I would just be repeating myself.” He found himself in a “success trap” as he calls it – a situation when one gets stuck by being successful and restlessly starts asking questions about creativity and innovation, pushing them toward new projects to fulfil the need to create something fresh.

Music as an Answer to the Crisis

“I’ve always asked myself in what way can art contribute to changing the world and I’ve always tried to follow the call coming from the world,” explains Pogačnik who developed a special method, introducing a new concept for listening to music: “Of all the arts, music goes straight to the human heart and I’ve always felt that the experiences professional musicians get are not just pertinent to the life of artists but can be used generally.” As our extremely fragmented society, based on the economy, has found itself in a crisis, Pogačenik believes it is the time to start dealing with it: “Leaders are making decisions from their limited, specialised viewpoint and I, as an artist, feel I need to help them broaden their horizons, generate inner inspiration, motivation and energy.” He says that the basic reason he has been working with the economy and leadership is to make them aware that they can manage their companies in the way which composes society.
Pogačnik creates an environment in which questions are asked in a different way and casts new light on the immediate crisis and the general situation – through classical art created by geniuses who he sees as the greatest art substance Europeans have. And how does he trigger change? “I invite executives to enter the process of musical masterpieces in such way that I play and stop, comment and paint – I decompose the piece. They are seated among the orchestra and therefore get first-hand experience of the musical process,” explains Pogačnik who asserts no musical knowledge is necessary for this method to work, “just the willingness to permit the feelings to rise. I want to get people to the point where they let go of all the nervousness, distrust and animosity and open up to the possibility of a creative detour.” According to him, this happens because music moves at the archetypal level which is above everyday experiences, thus giving direction and solutions to problems which are then viewed from a new perspective and can later be dealt with by an out-of-the-box approach. “Art is full of meaning and if you go through the experience of meaning, you are transformed and find everything meaningful, also problems,” notes Pogačnik who points out that the lack of meaning is the heart of the current crisis, the financial aspect being its expression.
The method, which establishes a new relationship between art and business, has proven to be very effective – he has collaborated with scores of leading companies globally, business schools, research institutions, professional associations and also with UN agencies and the World Business Academy. In his opinion, his ideas work because they become ideals.

The Legend of (Slovenian) Parsifal

However, as he notes, ideas go through a process of hatching which requires time and patience. “Slovenia can be metaphorically viewed as a hen which hatches new ideas, useful for all of Europe,” says Pogačnik who goes on to explain the most intriguing story of the mythical figure Parsifal from the 9th century, “one of the most important European cultural legends comes from Slovenia.” The roots of the Eastern counterpart of the more famous King Arthur from the West are in Ptuj, as described in the magnificent epic poem created by Wolfram von Eschenbach around 1212. “Parsifal is everywhere, he is a European but originates from Slovenia. He is not historical fact but he is a mythical figure. Both kings existed at the same time, Arthur and Parsifal dealt with bringing order to society, however from the West came capitalism and globalisation, while from the East came philosophy, art and beauty. The two need to be balanced in a productive way,” says Pogačnik.
According to him, balancing would help the currently wrong relationship between humans and the economy in a way that the latter would start serving the former and also aid the European identity which has found itself in deep crisis. “European identity is based on the heritage of artistic geniuses like Beethoven, van Gogh, Shakespeare and Mozart who brought culture to the highest level and has many varieties. However, because of globalisation these varieties have lost power. Yet Europe is special because of its diversity. Every country is important in the creation of this polyphonic identity – it functions vitally like an organ in the human body,” notes Pogačnik who recognises the point of Parsifal, Slovenia and the Terra Parzival foundation he is part of: “Our country, with its trinity of landscapes, symbolising the trinity of body-soul-spirit, is perfect to become an instrument of the European identity as the time is right. Parsifal’s territory in Slovenia symbolises the rise of the spirit. Europe has also entered its third phase of development which is that of spirit. We are trying to inspire imagination in a creative way which would result in long-term, sustainable, meaningful development where the human being is in the centre.”

Terra Parzival Foundation of the Future

June saw the first of the three-day Terra Parzival Festival, organised in significant places linked to the mythical king. Attendees underwent the musical masterpiece decomposition method of opening up to new ideas and learnt about the story of Parsifal and its significance in numerous creative ways – they created a grail, attended a tournament of knights, experienced live music in a cave and also many other activities. “Slovenians are like Parisfal – we are just waiting for something to happen, but this must change to action – just like he took action,” affirms Pogačnik.
Slovenia may be small, but Pogačnik believes that with a powerful idea, size does not matter: “We would like to connect Terra Parsifal to the platform of the European Cultural Parliament through its Cultural Secretary General who came to the festival.” The potential is enormous and according to Pogačnik, there is space for change in human beings and the terra incognita which lies inside of everyone: “We’ve created the illusion that we are fixed from cradle to tomb, but functioning this way is just more or less going through life where nothing really happens. This bare survival and dreams with no action have created the crisis. But crisis, as I said before, is meaningful and it’s a good thing to have as it forces you to delve deeper and discover the unexploited realms we possess.”
The legend of Parsifal is very much linked to the present day situation and teaches individuals to start fighting old patterns and accepting the change in life. “Einstein once said that you can’t solve new problems with old ideas and this is where Parsifal comes in. He had to learn to ask the right questions, do the right thing at the right time – and this is also the challenge of the modern human being,” asserts Pogačnik who sees Terra Parzival as the new herald of changes that need to take place. “Everything is already here and we’ve started to realise how to create an environment to act and move. And this is what we’re trying to do with Terra Parzival – this element is an instrument on which you play Europe.”

Article from Slovenia Times